RESEARCH GUIDES ARCHIVE : ORIGINAL GUIDE : DATABASE SEARCHING:
Search Technique Resources and Finding Tools to Get From Found Source Citations to those Sources
Check to see if a journal, magazine, or newspaper is available online or in print at Temple.
To search for articles on a particular topic, see the appropriate research guide or Ask a Librarian.
How to Search on Google
Keep it simple
Search using your voice
Use web friendly words
Don’t worry about the little things
Find quick answers
Become a search expert
Want more tips and tricks to help you search like a pro?
Check out the links below to learn more advanced search techniques.
Search tools and filters
Punctuation and symbols in search
Google Search Operators
Search for an exact word or phrase: "search"
i.e. quotation marks
Exclude a word: -search
Search within a site or domain site:
Search for pages that link to a URL: link:
Search for pages that are similar to a URL
Fill in the blank *
Search for either word OR
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Search for a number range ..
Find information about a site info:
See a cached version of a site cache:
Punctuation and Symbols
Top 10 Obscure Google Search Tricks
Get the local time anywhere
Track flight status
Convert currency, metrics,
Compare items with "better than" and find similar items with "reminds me of"
Use Google as a free proxy
Remove affiliate links from product searches
Find related terms and documents
Find music and comic books
ID people, objects, and foreign language words and phrases with Google Image Search
Make Google recognize faces (If you're doing an image search for Paris Hilton and
don't want any of the French city, a special URL parameter in Google's Image search
will do the trick.)
Search > Search Tips FROM Tufts University
The Basic Search
Sorting by Date
Automatic "and" Queries
See Your Search Terms in the Results
Does Capitalization Matter?
Does Google Observe Stop Words?
Does Google Use Stemming?
Refining Your Search
SEARCH RESULTS/GOOGLE VIDEOS: "Google Scholar" AND searching AND
(tutorials OR "searching tips" OR "searching skills" OR "guide to searching" OR
"how to search" OR "search manual" OR "searching technique" OR "searching techniques")
Truncation and Proximity Operators
Truncation and Proximity Operators
Colorado State University Libraries Research Guide
"If you want to narrow or broaden your search, you may want to find out if truncation and
proximity operators are available in the database you are using. Look in the help screens
to find out about these useful operators. This Web page has the truncation and proximity
operators for selected databases. They are listed by vendor name or database name."
Web of Science®
Alexander Street Press
Fact Sheet MEDLINE, PubMed, and PMC (PubMed Central): How Are They Different?
MEDLINE® is the National Library of Medicine® (NLM®) journal citation database. Started in the 1960s,
it now provides over 21 million references to biomedical and life sciences journal articles back to 1946.
MEDLINE includes citations from over 5,600 scholarly journals published around the world.
PubMed has been available since 1996. Its over 23 million references include the MEDLINE
database plus the following types of citations:
In-process citations, which provide records for articles before those records go through quality control and
are indexed with MeSH or converted to out-of-scope status.
Citations to articles that are out-of-scope (e.g., covering plate tectonics or astrophysics) from certain
MEDLINE journals, primarily general science and general chemistry journals, for which only the life
sciences articles are indexed with MeSH.
"Ahead of Print" citations that precede the article's final publication in a MEDLINE indexed journal.
Citations that precede the date that a journal was selected for MEDLINE indexing
(when supplied electronically by the publisher).
Pre-1966 citations that have not yet been updated with current MeSH and converted to MEDLINE status.
Citations to some additional life sciences journals that submit full text to PMC® (PubMed Central®)
and receive a qualitative review by NLM.
Citations to author manuscripts of articles published by NIH-funded researchers.
Citations for the majority of books available on the NCBI Bookshelf (a citation for the book and
in some cases each chapter of the book).
PubMed citations often include links to the full-text article on the publishers' Web sites and/or in
PMC and the Bookshelf. MEDLINE is the largest subset of PubMed. You may limit your PubMed
search retrieval to MEDLINE citations by restricting your search to the MeSH controlled vocabulary
or by using the Journal Categories filter called MEDLINE.
SEARCH RESULTS: Searching Databases: Techniques Methods Strategies
FROM Penn State Summon Search
("database searching" OR "searching databases") AND
(methods OR techniques OR guides OR handbooks OR strategies
OR "best practices" OR effective)
Archival Material (4) Include Exclude
Audio Recording (16) Include Exclude
Book / eBook (7,665) Include Exclude
Book Chapter (1,158) Include Exclude
Book Review (1,084) Include Exclude
Conference Proceeding (551) Include Exclude
Dissertation/Thesis (2,278) Include Exclude
DVD (1) Include Exclude
Electronic Resource (4) Include Exclude
Government Document (41) Include Exclude
Journal / eJournal (5) Include Exclude
Journal Article (22,599) Include Exclude
Magazine (8) Include Exclude
Magazine Article (1,919) Include Exclude
Manuscript (188) Include Exclude
Microform (4) Include Exclude
Newsletter (892) Include Exclude
Newspaper (4) Include Exclude
Newspaper Article (3,490) Include Exclude
Pamphlet (10) Include Exclude
Paper (21) Include Exclude
Patent (669) Include Exclude
Presentation (1) Include Exclude
Publication (5) Include Exclude
Reference (281) Include Exclude
Report (29) Include Exclude
Research Guide (1,500) Include Exclude
Special Collection (1) Include Exclude
Standard (2) Include Exclude
Student Thesis (1) Include Exclude
Technical Report (4) Include Exclude
Trade Publication Article (299) Include Exclude
Transcript (41) Include Exclude
Video Recording (3) Include Exclude
Web Resource (70) Include Exclude
The Importance of Teaching Information Literacy Skills
INFORMATION LITERACY :
DATABASE SEARCH TECHNIQUES:
The Reasons for Teaching and the Techniques for Imparting Information
Literacy Skills in K-12 and College: Some Thoughts and Some Sources
This post was sent by me to the Digital Divide Network as part of a
discussion of the importance and the techniques for teaching information
literacy skills to students in both K-12 and college levels. I hope some
readers on this list find the comments and sources sited to be useful in
their understanding of and teaching skills about information literacy.
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2006 22:32:16 -0500 (EST)
From: David P. Dillard
Compare to uncredited LIS News Post Immediately Above.
"Information literacy also covers areas like knowing what plagiarism and copyright are and learning as well how to avoid plagiarisation and
violating copyright and of course the related skill of learning how to
cite in footnotes, endnotes and bibliographies the sources from which one has borrowed from in ones writing."
[DigitalScholarship] STATISTICS : RESEARCH GUIDES : INSTRUCTIONS:
How to Use the United States Government Agency Section of the Statistics
Resources Research Guide for Statistical Data Sources on Specific Topic Searches
RESEARCH GUIDES :
How to Use the United States Government Agency Section
of the Statistics Resources Research Guide for Statistical Data Sources
for Specific Topic Searches
Finding and using statistical sources is a challenge for most students and many
researchers. Finding government statistical sources are even more of a befuddlement.
Requests for govenment information, let alone statistics, have dwindled in recent years
in live reference situations. Providing a tool that shows, agency by agency, where
government statistics hide in a group of links to database search results contributes to
statistical literacy and to information literacy for government statistical sources and to the
uses for government statistics.
Even though the actual publications found in these searches are not free, all of the
databases used are. Over fifty government agencies of the United States federal government
are now included and this is a work in progress as is the entire statistics resource guide.
United States government agencies do provide statistical data for other countries.
Many teachers tell students not to use Google for serious research as I religiously did until
October 2014 when I saw one web address on the MedLib-L discussion group. I have no idea
what the post was about, I just noticed one web address and as the lesson evolved, I started
joining the students rather than trying to change them in regards to using Google Web Search
as part of my database searching research tool.